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It's been around 3 years since I read the book, but I remember vague details of a delicate girl falling from outer space onto a polluted Earth, where she tries to recuperate and get to know other people.

There also was something about her trying to repair a spaceship so she can get back into orbit; she also meets a boy if that helps...

  • "Earth" as in "Cradle of humanity" or as in "any sufficiently Earth-like planet" ? – Eike Pierstorff Feb 7 at 8:07
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This reminds me a lot of Becky Chamber's A Closed and Common Orbit from 2016.

I don't see any synopsis entries online that match with your description, but I also read this a couple of years ago and it ties in with my memory.

From memory:

  • Pepper is imprisoned as a worker on a recycling planet
  • She is genetically engineered to repair electronics as part of her work
  • She escapes the facility and finds a broken space ship (and AI) that she manages to befriend, repair, and escape
  • There's a boy involved later in the book

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